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Roger Penske Discovers Boating


Roger Penske, Managing Director of  Transportation Resource Partners

The Sport of Boating
and the way the
Boating Industry conducts business
may never be the same

Last Wednesday, August 15th, Roger Penske bought MasterCraft Boat Company for an undisclosed amount of money. The press release said, "Charlesbank Capital Partners and Transportation Resource Partners (TRP) have announced plans to jointly acquire MasterCraft Boat Company, in partnership with management, from US Equity Partners, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co..."
 
What all of that means is that Roger Penske the Managing Director of TRC -- has not only discovered boating, but also the boating industry. To find out more about the deal, about Penske and the way he does business, and what we think this might mean to the sport...click here.
Seaswirl Challenges
East Coast Fish Boats
New Seaswirl Boats Designed to be
Tough on the Competition



This 3301 WalkAround is the largest boat in the Seaswirl line and was designed for hard-core fishermen to take offshore. ( Click here to see test.)
This spring Genmar moved its Culver, Oregon-based Seaswirl boat company east, consolidated manufacturing of the small models in Little Falls, MN and the larger boats in its Sarasota, FL plant. This is big news because it means that this 53-year-old brand will now become a major player in the market for east coast, gulf coast, and Great Lakes anglers.


*Three NEW boats from Seaswirl... see video

*GM Chew promises "3 to 5 innovations" on every new Seaswirl design... see for yourself

*Who will these boats be designed for?... find out

*The "Alaska Package" may change the east coast CC breed... hear it now


*BoatTEST tests the 3301 Walkaround... click here


*BoatTEST tests the 2901 Walkaround... click here



Appeals Court Hears
EPA Permit Arguments

NMMA President says EPA permits could cost boaters "$800 or more."

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, August 13, heard oral arguments regarding the ballast discharge decision made last September by the U.S. District Court in California.

At stake are multiple permits for recreational boat engine cooling water, bilge water, gray water and common deck runoff, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which had representatives attend Monday's hearing. Find out what happened in court.


First Single-Tournament
$1 Million Bass Man

 
4 Lb. 9 Oz. Makes the Difference for Ranger Boats Pro in FLW Cup
 

 Forrest L. Wood presents the 2007
FLW Cup to winner Scott Suggs
 
Ranger Pro Scott Suggs is professional bass fishing's newest million dollar man after winning the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup, the FLW's championship event, on Sunday, August 12, in front of a hometown crowd inside Summit Arena. With a two-day final round total of 17 pounds, 1 ounce, Suggs pockets the first-place prize money and incentives from Ranger Boats to become the first angler to win $1 million in a single professional bass fishing tournament... find out how Scuggs hit the $1 million FLW Jackpot.
We Test the Mustang
Automatic Inflatable Life Vest
How well does it work? How long
does it support weight?
Is it Automatic?
Does it lose air? Is it worth $270 (list)?


Our simulated "accident victim" in 65-degree water
tests the Mustang inflatable life vest.

The Mustang Survival automatic inflatable life vest is touted as being the ultimate in a wearable, comfortable and reliable PFD. To substantiate the company's claims and gain first-hand experience with the product we tested two of the units in Long Island Sound. To see a video of the test, to find out how long it stays inflated, and to get our opinion of it... click here.




New, Advanced Boat Trailer

Jack From Fulton
 
Fulton F-2 Jack for Heavy Duty Applications
 
BoatTEST Capt. Bob Smith takes a good look at Fulton's F-2 Jack...See Video

New Cooling System Flush
"Salt-Away" for Longer Life
 

"Salt-Away" is a new product designed to purge salts from your cooling system.

If your boat is in a saltwater environment, simply flushing your engine's cooling system with fresh water may not get all of the salts out.  Salt build-up over time will reduce the efficiency of your system and may cause catastrophic damage. See what BoatTEST Capt. Bob Smith has to say about "Salt-Away"...see video
New GPS EPIRB
Is Better than 9-1-1
Revere Survival Products Introduces Advanced EPIRB Technology
 

New GPS EPIRB from Revere can Save the Day.
 
BoatTEST Capt. Bob Smith takes a look at new non-Haz-Mat EPIRB...see video.

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You've seen our captain's tests and video reports for years. Now we'd like to hear and see YOUR VIDEO. Now is your chance to tell us and our members what you like and don't like on your boat.

All usable submissions will receive $100 in cash.

Send YOUR Video report to mailto:editorial@boattest.com Be sure to include your first name, last name, email and video title and description or, mail to: Video Review, 51 Bank Street, Suite 2A, Stamford, CT 06901.



 

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American Angler 1866


Her one-piece bottom is a semi-V hull, all welded design with 3 keels for straight running, quick turns and better performance. On test day top speed was 29.9mph at 6000 rpm. Watch video


Vectra 2282


This large deckboat has multi position seating in the cockpit and offers a versatile platform for watersports. Equipped with a 320-hp Volvo Penta sterndrive this boat delivered 53.1 mph. Watch video


Boat Test: New 350 Formula Sun Sport
A "sportscar-on-water" is the best way to describe the new Formula




If you are looking for something different in a mid-30s sporty day boat, then you should take a look at the exciting new 350 SS from Formula -- it is a head-turning beauty with graceful lines and quality details. The boat is loaded with useful equipment, like the Lewmar anchor windlass with automatic chain counter, remote spotlight, Mercury's SmartCraft throttle and shift package, and proved Bennett hydraulic trim tabs.

Our Director of Testing, Capt. Bob Smith, says that the boat's "noise suppression material, wire runs and conduits look like they were designed by NASA," and she sliced through waves and didn't pound. To see our complete test and video...click here.
Baja Marine's Summer Clearance
Factory offers up to $10k Rebate, depending on the model

Baja Marine's "Lucky 7" 35 Outlaw toured the Poker Run circuit this summer and picked up a number of prizes along the way. ( Click here to see test of this boat.)

There are several reasons why the Baja Marine line has been growing in popularity over the last several years, and now the company has added cash factory rebates to the mix, with up to $10k back if you buy their 40-footer before Sept 10th. To find out more about Baja Marine's boats and to see our tests of them...click here.

Thinking of Purchasing a Boat? Get a Background Check First
Find out if your dream boat has been stolen, in an accident, salvaged after a hurricane, or hit a public record for some other reason. It could be the smartest used boating buying decision you ever made. Just enter the hull identification number (HIN) and get any public details on the boat before you buy. Click for Report

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Ranger Z20

Four Winns 378


Sea-Doo 230

Baja 35 Outlaw

Larson Cabrio 260


Wellcraft 30


Tracker Pro 175

JC Pontoon 240

Regal 2565 WE

Laguna C-180

VIP 186 CCF





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BoatTEST.com Recommends the Brumgee Cleaning System


BoatTEST.com tested the Brumgee Cleaning System and was given a very good rating. The Brumgee Cleaning System claims that it can be used almost everywhere inside, outside and around the boat. So we did just that! Click here to read more about this product and to see before and after photos.


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Diesel Engine Care and Repair (Captain's Quick Guides) by Nigel Calder
When it's sink or swim, this Quick Guide will keep you afloat!  On the water, when an engine problem surfaces, there is no time to spend searching through an exhaustive manual. Diesel Engine Care and Repair provides all the answers--fast.

Price:  $8.95
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Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual by Nigel Calder
Do yourself a favor: if you own a boat, you should also own the Boatowner's Mechanical & Electrical Manual. Written in a simple, accessible style, the manual is aimed at helping the nonexpert solve problems in marine systems. Calder explains how the systems work, helps you troubleshoot and identify problems, and presents clear and concise instructions on how to repair them. Best of all, Calder also offers helpful advice on how to prevent future system failure.


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A Personal EPIRB from ACR
Don't Fall Overboard Without One... read more

Another Jetty Crashes into Boat
Proving once again that fiberglass has its limits... read about rock

Fickle Finger Lakes of Fate
Fisherman killed by hit-and-run boater... read more

Only in Nova Scotia
S&R Plows 7 Hours to Save Prosthesis from Jaws... Believe it or Not?



Miracles Happen: New 250-Slip Marina in San Diego! 
Tenacity and a spirit of cooperation can create more slips... read more

Certified Dealers Have FREE Boat Show Tickets
To get a FREE ticket to a NMMA-Sponsored Show, contact your dealer... read details

How Accurate is NADA's Boat Pricing?
Boating Industry Magazine does a survey... read the results

Two Boats DON'T Pass in the Night
Darkness and Speed Lead to Crash... read more



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